February 8, 2023

Ironwood to Showcase Four Nordic Ski Trails on Saturday

The snow-crazed community of Ironwood, Mich. is showcasing its four cross country ski trails on Saturday Feb. 11 as part of an effort to sustain ABR Trails as a premier destination resort.

Trails will be PistenBully groomed with a classic track and skate lane from ABR to the Miners Memorial Heritage Park, following the route of the SISU Ski Festival race course, then continue via the Iron Belle Trail from downtown Ironwood to Ramsey. The total distance is about 30 kilometers one way.

There will also be free shuttle service provided from the Iron Belle across U.S. 2 to the Wolverine Ski Trails north of the highway.

“This is an awesome opportunity to ski all four trails in one day and we’re hoping people will take advantage of this special event,” said Scott Anderson, president of the Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation.

Participants can choose to ski all or part of the free tour but are asked to RSVP the foundation to register at

The Anderson Bluff &River Foundation was formed to help ensure that ABR can continue to operate its 101 kilometers of ski trails after owners Eric Anderson and Angela Santini retire as planned in 2025.

As part of the vision to keep ABR going, the Foundation is looking to maintain a permanent connection between the various trails in the area under the “Project Connect” banner.

Volunteers from Wolverine have been working with the Foundation on the event and will be testing an UBER program to transport skiers between the various trails.

“We want to sustain the ABR legacy for generations to come and connect the trails to the larger community,” said Anderson.

Boosted by lake effect snows off Lake Superior, the Ironwood area generally provides cross country skiing from November into April. It now boasts over 200 kilometers of regularly groomed ski trails over a 10-mile radius.

For more information contact Anderson at [email protected]